On February 3rd, the great Brooklyn author, Paul Auster, celebrated his 70th birthday. He dedicated his grandest birthday present himself: with the publishing of his latest – and to our opinion – best novel “4-3-2-1”. I love this book because it presents four different variations of the life of Archie Ferguson. Don´t we all wish to know how our life would have been if we had turned a different corner from time to time? Which leads me to the actual post to talk about Avoiding The Most Common Password.
When we read the title first we spontaneously thought it might be a code. Not a very smart one, of course. In fact “4321” is one of the most common passwords for web access or even banking accounts. People think they´re smart when typing “4321” instead of “1234” – but the countdown isn´t really a challenge for hackers. In fact, it is an invitation.
As is any other count. The gold standard of poor passwords is, of course, “123456” which holds the pole position since the first code has ever been typed back in the stone age of computing. Since more and more websites require at least eight characters “12345678” becomes more common – making it number three on the list of bad passwords. The silver medal, however, goes to “password” itself which isn´t an invention at all. People just keep the dump default unchanged.
Number four is awful, too: “qwerty” represents the first six characters in the top row of your keyboard. Even “1qayxsw2” isn´t that smart since it is only another pattern on the keyboard and can be hacked in no time. Common words like “football”, “baseball” or – Lord, have mercy! – “welcome” make it into the list of top 25.
But even clever passwords like “j7Zh(ks!da” will not provide the security you deserve for your online banking account. The reason is you. Have you ever forgotten a complex password, recovered it and changed it into a phrase that is easier to memorize? Or are you using one and the same password for different accounts?
Most probably you did. According to a recent study, three out of four users duplicate passwords when they open a new account. Imagine: it might not be too difficult to check your email address which is most commonly used as a user name. If hackers phish for your password once in combination with your email address they may have access to many of your accounts. In the US the average web user manages 130 accounts. But nobody really wants to manage 130 passwords.
The most common password manager is your browser where all used passwords are stored in an open stack. If someone gets hold on your laptop computer he or she will immediately have access to your accounts – banking, email, eshops.
There are many web sites that offer easy to use password management – such as SplashID, LastPass, or 1Password. We tried them and were rather disappointed. Are they trustworthy, we wondered? Well, it is up to you to decide.
We decided to start Joinesty.
Joinesty began when we realized how many services we belonged to―and how impossible it had become to manage them. We found ourselves scattered across the web, using certain sites to store passwords, others to read reviews and still others to get in on deals. All of it left us with a bad case of account fatigue. So we started thinking about a cure. What if we could rate, manage and share all the sites we belonged to―from one platform? We enlisted the help of friends Andrew Goldstein and Elder Santos. And built Joinesty.
Joinesty is a better way to manage the services you use to manage life―from Amazon to Uber, even your online bank and utility accounts. Now, you can organize important details like passwords, read reviews and snag deals―start your free trial.